It’s radio without broadcasting!

Norah Jones and the cast of Radio Happy Hour.

Norah Jones and the cast of Radio Happy Hour. (Photos by SPM. All rights reserved.)

Radio Happy Hour kicked off with a full house at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village yesterday afternoon.

Yes, a good-sized crowd filled the dark Bleecker Street basement club for a 2 p.m. Saturday show that featured singer-songwriter cum actress Norah Jones as guest on a modern take on an old-fashioned radio show. It was just like radio in that it had a cast, sound effects, micophones and a live audience. But there was no radio broadcast. The show was recorded as a podcast.

Norah Jones and host Sam Osterhout,

Norah Jones and host Sam Osterhout,

Norah gamely participated in the first of a series of three planned Radio Happy Hour show this summer. answering questions from host Sam Osterhout, playing a couple of songs on an acoustic guitar, listening to Sam do a slightly absurd trivia quiz to a member of the audience and joining the cast for an amusingly silly radio drama called Terror in Teaneck.

Here’s a video of one of Norah’s songs:

It turned out to be a perfectly pleasant way to spend an hour or with LPR’s brunch menu and some drinks.

There are two more shows scheduled: Michael Showalter joins the show at 2 p.m. on July 11 and Andrew W.K. will be there at 2 p.m. on Aug. 8. At Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, NYC. Ticket are available here. $5.

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